ADAMSON University recovered from back-to-back losses and turned back a fast-fading University of Santo Tomas, 25-17, 25-23, 18-25, 25-19, on Sunday in the opening match of the battle for third place in the Shakey's V-League Season 11 First Conference at The Arena in San Juan.
Thai reinforcement Pacharee Sangmuang came up with 17 points and Amanda Villanueva chipped in 10 for the Lady Falcons, who lost two straight after taking the first match of the semifinal showdown with Far Eastern University. UST, on the other hand, have lost their third straight match after getting swept by National University in the semifinals.
Bhebs Pineda scores 14, Pau Soriano added 10 and and May Macatuno scored two for Adamson. All three are also playing for other teams in the Philippine Super Liga,
"Tatlo ang nilalaruan nilang liga, pero ganoon talaga eh, gusto nila mag-volleyball kaya sabi ko sa kanila pagtuunan nila ang paglalaro nila," said Adamson coach Sherwin Meneses.
Adamson leads UST, 1-0, in the best-of-three battle for third place. But if in case the Tigresses win Game Two and the championship match between National U and Far Eastern University ends in two matches,
third place will be decided via quotient.
After an error-plagued third set, the Lady Falcons bounced back in the fourth and regained momentum to grab the driver's seat, 20-16, with an 8-1 run.
Adamson widened the gap with a 4-0 spurt, 24-17, although Pam Lastimosa gave a tinge of hope to the ailing Tigresses, 19-24.
But Soriano scored on an attack to seal the victory.
"Nagrelax na naman kasi sa third set, sabi ko sa kanila ang UST malakas 'yan, madaling makabali, buti nakabawi naman kami noong fourth set," said Meneses.
Chloe Cortez finished with 14 points for UST, while Ria Meneses added 11, guest player EJ Laure chipped in 11 and Lastimosa made 10.